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MNÍ WIČÓNI ~ WATER IS LIFE Legal Defense/Offense Committee
Robby Romero was called by his elders and youth to the Standing Rock Strong Hold to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the Water Protectors on the front-lines of an historic Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline snaking through 1851 treaty land adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. While living in camp at Standing Rock Robby wrote several songs — the first BORN ON THE REZ.
From the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 – to the Siege at Wounded Knee in 1973 – to the historic stand at Standing Rock, the song BORN ON THE REZ is a poetic journey through history about how we as a people got to Standing Rock and our fight for cultural survival in the 21st Century. “Standing Rock is a powerful moment in history with World attention and an opportunity to lead us socially, environmentally and spiritually from a path of destruction to a path of healing. A path that honors the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Rights of Mother Earth and all our relations for the generations to come.” – Robby Romero
More than 500 Native Nations and thousands of friends and allies made the historic stand on 1851 treaty land at Standing Rock. Born out of this peaceful and spiritual resistance to the Dakota Access PipeLine (DAPL) the #Honor1851Treaty campaign uses the international languages of music, film, and art as social tools to inspire and create awareness about Indigenous Treaty Rights and how they play a key role in protecting land & life from environmental genocide. With a Global Petition to generate over a million signatures, the campaign challenges the United States of America and its Congress to #RightTheWrong of at least one of the more than 500 treaties made with Native Nations.
In honor of Dennis Banks’s wishes and in loving memory of his tireless dedication and efforts towards relieving the plight of Indigenous Peoples, on the 50th Anniversary of The Trail of Broken Treaties, (September 2022) the campaign will commence a cross-country caravan from the West coast of Turtle Island (North America) to Washington D.C. With #PeoplesPower the campaign will present the Global Petition to the U.S. Congress encouraging the United States to see the wisdom in complying with Indigenous Treaty Rights, the Supreme Law of the Land.
The BORN ON THE REZ Music Campaign consists of the following products: music single, music video, public service announcement, rockumentary film, and Indigenous art, all created and designed by award winning artists to support two objectives born out of our stand at Standing Rock. 1) #Honor1851Treaty campaign; and 2) Mní Wičóni Legal Defense/Offense Committee.
#Honor1851Treaty Campaign is designed to generate support and educate the public with Native fashion and style, through social media, TV and online broadcasts, public rallies, events and concerts about various violations of United States laws including the Constitution Of The United States— The Supreme Law Of The Land beginning with The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and numerous National and International Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Environmental Laws broken during the historic gathering of Native Nations standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Mní Wičóni Legal Defense/Offense Committee is an organization lead by Indigenous cultural and civil rights leaders Dennis Banks (Ojibwe Nation), Madonna Thunder Hawk (Cheyenne River Sioux Nation), and Phyllis Young (Standing Rock Sioux Nation). It’s mission is to support and defend Water Protectors on the front-lines of the movement who have been arrested, violated, disenfranchised, marginalized and displaced.
The goal is to help the United States Of America and its citizens see the wisdom in upholding and honoring Treaties made with Native Nations beginning with the The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 and to support and defend Water Protectors on the front-lines and facing state and federal charges.
The music single, recorded by Grammy Winning artists at Capitol Records, was executive produced by Dennis Banks and Laila Nabulsi, produced by Don Was, engineered by Ed Cherney, mixed by Steve Addabbo, mastered by Howie Weinberg, and features some of the music industry’s and Indian Country’s most eminent musicians. The chorus Mní Wičóni Water Is Life features Water Protectors and supporters including Victoria Asher, Dennis Banks, Ta’Kayia Blaney, Gary Farmer, Frances Fisher, Robert Mirabal, Bobby Neuwirth, Dakota Romero, Chris Stills, Raye Zaragoza, and the legendary singer-songwriter/actor Kris Kristofferson and Ojibwa Warrior Dennis Banks (4/12/37-10/29/17).
The campaign has received support from a number of Academy Award winners and noteworthy influential people of change including Patricia Arquette and Alisa Keesey of “Give Love Organization", Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Pete Nichols of Waterkeeper Alliance, Jack Huston, Ed Begley Jr., Helena Kallianiotes, and Sean Penn.
RED THUNDER Lineup:
Vocal/Guitar – Robby Romero
Vocal/Pueblo Flutes – Robert Mirabal
Harmonica – Gary Farmer
Bass – Don Was
Guitar – Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar
Drums & Rattles – Jim Keltner
Keyboards – Jim Cox
With Special Guests – Kris Kristofferson
Water Protector Backing Vocals
Danielle De La Rosa
Desiree De La Rosa
Kenneth Ray Ramos
Cheyanne Jenore-Ipwei Yeats
Sample Artist Tracks
AccessPass™: #Honor1851Treaty Download
Digital download of “Born On The Rez,” and updates from Robby Romero. Also includes a download of the music video for “Born on The Rez” when it is released.
18x 24 High Quality Silk-Screen Poster on recycled paper of the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty
Eco-Friendly Organic Unisex T-shirt: Red Thunder Design
Eco-Friendly Organic Unisex T-shirt featuring the Red Thunder logo by award winning Ojibwa Artist, David Bradley
Eco-Friendly Organic Unisex T-shirt: Water Protectors Design
Eco-Friendly Organic Unisex T-shirt featuring the Water Protectors #Honor1851Treaty design by award winning Potawatomi artist, Doug Coffin
Contains an eco-friendly patch, recycled pin, choice of one of two #Honor1851Treaty Campaign organic t-shirts, and an eco-friendly bandana featuring the #Honor1851Treaty design by Acoma artist and fashion designer, Loren Aragon.
Eco-friendly bandana featuring the #Honor1851Treaty design by Acoma artist and fashion designer, Loren Aragon
Exclusive Lookbook Photographed by Robby Romero
Exclusive lookbook of photographs shot on the front lines at Standing Rock by Robby Romero.
(Pictured is Dennis Banks (Leader and CO-founder of the American Indian Movement) and Robby Romero at Standing Rock.)
Eco-Friendly Silk Scarf
Eco-friendly 36 × 36 silk scarf featuring the #Honor1851Treaty design by Acoma artist and fashion designer, Loren Aragon
Ltd. Edition Lyric Book with Handwritten Lyrics
Handwritten lyrics by Robby Romero of the song, BORN ON REZ, in a custom Eco-friendly lyric book.
Water is Life Patch
Eco-friendly patch featuring #Honor1851Treaty design created by award winning Ojibwa artist, David Bradley
Private House Concert with Robby Romero
Robby Romero will come over to your house for a Native Rock acoustic solo performance. He’ll play for you and up to 49 of your guests.
Mutually approved place & time. Valid through April 1, 2018. This price includes Robby’s travel and expenses within Turtle Island (North America).
Eco-Friendly patch featuring the #Honor1851Treaty design created by award winning Potawatomi artist, Doug Coffin
Red Thunder Custom Native-Made Hand Drum
16" Native-Made Hand Drum, by Tachini Pete. Drum is made of maple wood and elk skin and features the Red Thunder logo by award winning Ojibwa artist, David Bradley
Red Thunder Custom Native-Made Hand Drum + Drumstick
16" Native-Made Hand Drum, by Tachini Pete. Drum is made of maple wood and elk skin and features the Red Thunder logo by award winning Ojibwa artist, David Bradley. Includes a drumstick.
Private House Concert with Robby Romero and Gary Farmer
Robby Romero and Gary Farmer will come over to your house for a Native Rock acoustic solo performance. They’ll play for you and up to 49 of your guests.
Mutually approved place & time. Valid through April 1, 2018. This price includes Robby and Gary’s travel and expenses within Turtle Island (North America).
Sand Creek Massacre Equinox Viewing Sheet
Sand Creek Massacre Equinox viewing sheet (August 21, 2017) used and signed by the First Nations production artists and crew while while filming “Born on the Rez” music video at the Sand creek location. Signatures include: Dennis Banks, Dakota Romero, Raye Zaragoza, Gary Farmer, Marcy Thunderhawk, Nathaniel Fuentes, Ryan Begay, Echota Killsnight and Robby Romero.
Beaded Butterfly Cap
Beaded Butterfly Cap hand-made by Singer, Dancer, and Artist, Dakota Romero, (Apache Pueblo Descent). The Butterfly design was inspired by the image shown here of Sitting Bull.
Handmade earrings beaded by Singer, Dancer, and Artist, Dakota Romero (Apache Pueblo Descent), and worn during the filming of the “Born on the Rez” music video.
Red Thunder Signature Guitar Picks
Native Rock Responsible, Eco-Friendly None- Petroleum Signature Guitar Picks featuring Red Thunder logo by award-winning Ojibwa artist, David Bradley. 6-pick set
Sterling Silver Feather Earrings
Handmade Sterling Silver Feather earrings worn by Singer, Songwriter, and Peace Activist, Raye Zaragoza, of O’odham descent. The earrings were made by Raye’s uncle, Kewa Pueblo silversmith, Roberto Nieto, and worn by Raye during the filming of the “Born on the Rez” music video.
Lee Oskar Harmonica Autographed by Gary Farmer
Limited Edition, Lee Oskar Harmonica, autographed by First Nations Musician and Actor, Gary Farmer.
Ojibwa Warrior Book in paperback
Paperback book, Ojibwa Warrior: Dennis Banks and The Rise of the American Indian Movement, by Dennis Banks, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, and one of the most influential Native leaders of our time.
#Honor1851Treaty Campaign Button Pin
Eco-Friendly Pin featuring the #Honor1851Treaty design created by award winning Potawatomi artist, Doug Coffin
Signed Copy of Cultural Survival Magazine
Cultural Survival Magazine Article, “Water Is Life,” written, photographed and signed by Robby Romero.